Basic Death and Homicide Investigations


Dates mentioned in the video are subject to change per class. Please see the upcoming training schedule for accurate dates.


From 911 to prosecution.

This class, taught by longtime Maine State Police Detectives Michael Chavez and Abbe Chabot (Ret.) is intended for first responders, prospective detectives, active investigators and prosecutors.

This three day certification-level class will provide students with step-by-step instruction about the initial response to a major crime or death, scene preservation, and documentation intended to ensure a complete and legal investigation regardless of criminality or prosecution.

The student will gain proficiency in:

  • understanding the death process,
  • types of deaths,
  • and indicators to guide the student within their investigations in concert with the Maine Attorney General’s protocol for death investigations.
  • evidence identification and collection,
  • witness identification
  • interviewing,
  • as well as the autopsy process.


Case studies will be presented to solidify the applications above, and class participation is required to demonstrate proficiency in these principles.

***This course can be followed with the 2-Day Advanced Death and Homicide Investigations class! Make it a full week of Death Training. Check that class out here:

Student Testimonials:

“Still things to learn after 23 years of service. Great class for the rookie or the salty road guy. A must!!”

“The Death and Homicide Investigations Class was excellent. It armed the student with specific skills to be able to be able to respond to a death scene and look at it from a different point of view. The instructors were highly knowledgeable and enjoyed sharing their experiences with the class.”

“Both Abbe and Mike were great, incredibly engaging and intelligent. Would love to take more classes with them.”



Upcoming Class Dates

3 day class

Day 1Oct 28: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Day 2Oct 29: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Day 3Oct 30: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Portsmouth Police Department
3 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801
Price: $575
Lunch is NOT provided.